[Reminiscing Hoboken411’s Five Year Anniversary…]
Frank Raia always throws the best Hoboken Parties!
Here’s a 2007 flashback video for a party that Hoboken developer (and frequent political candidate) Frank “Pupie” Raia likes to throw for himself each May. Wonder if he’ll do it again this year?
Frank Raia “Pupie Party”
Frank will be throwing a shin-dig for himself, and anyone else that wants to come.
Hoboken ready to sing, ‘Happy Birthday, Frank!’
No, not Frank Sinatra.
The tents being set up in Frank Sinatra Park are for an open birthday party tonight for school board member Frank “Pupie” Raia, a local developer, too, who’s throwing his own bash.
The party will last from 6-10 p.m. and everyone from the city of Hoboken is invited to attend.
“It’s his sixth 50th birthday,” joked Raia’s son, Justin.
In reality, the elder Raia, who most recently ran for city council and was defeated by Michael Russo in the Third Ward, is 56 and has thrown the party for the past seven years.
There will be a beer truck, wine station (all free), cheesesteaks, sausage and pepper sandwiches and Mister Softee ice cream. In past years, Raia’s shindig has attracted the likes of state Sen. Bernie Kenny of Hoboken, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise of Jersey City and Jersey City and Hoboken council members.
“Thank God I lived another year,” Raia said as he watched tables and a tent being set up. “Hoboken’s been good to me and my family. I’ve got to give something back to the town I love.”
Raia is a builder, affordable housing advocate and two years ago ran for Hoboken mayor. He was defeated by Dave Roberts.
Asked if Russo and Roberts will attend tonight’s fest, Raia said, “They’re invited. If they come, they come. I don’t want this to be political.”
The Alan Parsons Project and a 10-piece Motown band will perform. As he’s done in the past, Raia will sing the Rolling Stones’ classic “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction.”
An allusion to his attempts at Hoboken politics, perhaps?
No, said Raia, he just loves the Stones and a good party.